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Olivier Giroud “a fraction short” of match fitness to start against Watford 0

Posted on August 27, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is unlikely to start in this afternoon’s Premier League clash against Watford, with manager Arsene Wenger describing the French international as “still a fraction behind physically,” in his pre-match press conference.

The Gunners centre-forward came off the bench in the second-half of last weekend’s goalless draw with Leicester and is likely to do a similar thing against Watford today. Giroud was given a late summer holiday after his Euro 2016 excursions but is slowly nearing full match fitness to spread the attack in the coming games.

Were Arsenal priced out for Omer Toprak this summer? 0

Posted on August 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Metro, Arsenal only opted to sign Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi as they weren’t willing to meet the asking price for Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Omer Toprak. The highly-rated Bundesliga defender is reportedly available for £40M, but the Gunners instead have opted for a player £5M less in Mustafi after agreeing personal terms.

At one point this summer, it did look like Toprak would the defender coming in as the Mustafi deal stalled over a transfer fee, but now the German international has all but signed ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash. Toprak is three years Mustafi’s senior, but has developed into a top central defender with Leverkusen over the years.

Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez to undergo their Arsenal medicals today 0

Posted on August 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to BBC Sport, Arsenal’s proposed transfer targets Shkodran Mustafi of Valencia and Lucas Perez of Deportivo La Coruna should be undergoing their medicals with the London club today, and Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has said the pair could be unveiled by Arsenal this afternoon – “Mustafi is travelling to London and will be presented as an Arsenal player alongside Lucas Perez around 3pm today.”

Mourinho blocks Wenger’s approach for defender 0

Posted on August 26, 2016 by Milos Markovic

Premier League club Arsenal have reportedly expressed their interest in signing Manchester United defender Phil Jones.

With a proposed deal for Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi still far from completion, Arsene Wenger is believed to be actively seeking alternative solutions.

Gunners are on the verge of signing forward Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna, but there is still some work to be done before Mustafi’s deal is secured as Los Che are thought to be still considering Arsenal’s latest offer for the 24-year-old.

Arsenal are unwilling to trigger his €50 million release clause and have even been described as “penny pinchers” by the Spanish media.

Champions League draw a decent one for Arsenal 0

Posted on August 26, 2016 by David Nugent

Yesterday in my article I talked about how the Gunners could receive a difficult and a very comfortable draw in the Champions League. Well, the side from north London have been drawn in Group A alongside PSG, FC Basel and Ludogorets of Bulgaria in Europe’s elite competition.

For me, that is a decent draw for the Gunners. They have not been drawn with one of the three strongest teams in pot 1 of Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich and PSG will be a different proposition this season under Unai Emery.

Need to take the next step in Europe

Arsenal draw Paris Saint-Germain in the group stages of the Champions League 0

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been drawn with perennial French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, Swiss Super League title-winners FC Basel and Bulgarian Parva Liga champions Ludogorets Razgrad in Group A of the Champions League for this season. Arsenal will be expected to take six points off Ludogorets, while beating Basel on home soil and taking at least one point off PSG at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have consistently made it through the group stages of the competition for 16 seasons, but will be desperate to finally surpass the last-16 for the first time since 2010. Arsenal have a point to prove in Europe as a result, and owe the fans something to cheer about after last season’s disastrous group stage campaign.

Arsenal set to sign Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi 1

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to BBC Sport, Arsenal are close to completing the signing of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi. The German international looked set to stay at the Mestalla Stadium this summer with Arsenal previously failing to meet Valencia’s asking price, but a fee of £35M has been agreed and personal terms were finalised days earlier.

Mustafi was the number one target on the Gunners’ shortlist after losing Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista to long-term injuries, and manager Arsene Wenger will be looking to develop him in the coming years to reach the level of Laurent Koscielny. The 24-year-old has the potential, representing his country in the 2016 European Championships, and has been keen to push the deal through.

Who is Arsenal’s new signing Lucas Perez? 2

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are set to sign Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez this summer after meeting his £17M release clause. The Spanish centre-forward, coming off his most prolific campaign, will provide competition for first-choice Olivier Giroud in attack, while also being capable to operate on either flank. The 27-year-old might not be directly fighting with Giroud for a place in the side due to the amount of games he’s operated in as a wide forward, but who is Lucas?

Arsenal to bid for Lucas Perez and fans are not thrilled 0

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Nemanja Lazarevic

BBC Sport has learned that Arsenal are ready to challenge Premier League rivals Everton for the signature of Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez Martinez.

The Toffees were believed to be close to completing a £15 million deal for the La Liga hotshot, but the Gunners are reportedly prepared to offer £17 million for the Spaniard.

According to reports in Spain, Arsenal have now become hot favourites to land the 27-year-old footballer, and the news has sparked quite a debate on social networks.

The majority of Gunners fans believes this is yet another panic buy for Arsene Wenger, who has been heavily criticised for not signing any world-class footballers this summer.

Arsenal’s Champions League draw could go either way 0

Posted on August 25, 2016 by David Nugent

The draw for the group stages of the Champions League will take place at 5PM today. The Gunners will be expected to make it out of their group whatever happens, as they have done for the last 16 years.

In truth, the Gunners draw could be difficult or it could be comfortable. How the side from north London do in the competition will be determined by their draw.

A comfortable draw last season

Talking about comfortable draws, last season looked to be a comfortable draw for the Gunners, as they were drawn alongside the likes of Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb, with Bayern Munich inevitable group winners of course.

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